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[Kuala Lumpur] Tim Ho Wan (添好運) opens its first Malaysian outlet

klyeoh | Feb 5, 201507:24 AM

Tim Ho Wan, whose original HK outlet was once known as the world's cheapest 1-Michelin-star restaurant, has finally opened its first branch in Malaysia at KL's Mid-Valley Megamall. Unlike the 3-hour queues at their first outlets in Singapore and Manila, the KL outlet is fairly accessible. We tried Tim Ho Wan's 4 best-known dishes, known as their "Big 4 Heavenly Kings"

Tim Ho Wan's first Malaysian outlet at Mid-Valley Megamall

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork

Anthony Bourdain absolutely loved these when he tried them at the original HK outlet in Sham Sui Po.

Pan-fried Carrot Cake

Nice and soft inside, crisp on the outside - can be a bit bland. I'm glad the Malaysian outlet had some extra-spicy chilli sauce to pep up the flavours.

Vermicelli (sic) Roll with Pig's Liver

More like "cheung fun" (flat, wide rice roll) rather than "vermicelli", the richness of the pig's liver was offset by ginger strips.

Steamed Egg Cake

Very soft and moist, but, IMO, overly-sweet.

Tim Ho Wan has a ready market in KL & its surrounding environs in Klang Valley, which has a population of roughly 7.2 million, 45% of whom are Chinese of mainly Cantonese stock. But it can be a double-edged sword: the Cantonese are also pretty exacting in their expectations, especially as dim sum is considered a Cantonese regional specialty. Unlike in Singapore, where long 2-3 hour queues persisted for nearly a year at Tim Ho Wan's first outlet there in Plaza Singapura, the queues at its KL outlet, which opened end-Nov 2014, disappeared just two months later - I walked into a half-empty restaurant at dinner time this evening.

Time will tell how Tim Ho Wan will fare in KL.

Tim Ho Wan Kuala Lumpur
27G, The Boulevard
Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur

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